Ribbon cutting Albion Malleable Brewing Co. Albion

Albion Malleable Brewing Company official ribbon cutting on Monday May 21, 2018.

Trivia Question – What company started the fast-growing Micro brewery trend and when did that happen?

Answer – Acknowledged as the flagship beer brewed by the first United States microbrewery of the modern era, New Albion is the original craft beer.
Learn more at http://newalbionbrewing.com/

Here is a map of mid-Michigan breweries that will be updated soon to include the Albion Malleable Brewing Company.

Fete de la Musique, Albion Michigan

Musicians and music lovers are encouraged to come to downtown Albion Michigan this Thursday, June 21, 2018
for the Fête de la Musique, also known as “World Music Day.”

Musicians are encouraged to come and share their musical gifts for free, and there is no admission. In some cities, the announcement of the concept turned the celebration into something of a musical flash crowd.

The first day of summer was chosen as a day on which the world celebrates the magical gift of music and promotes music as a universal language.

Thursday, June 21, 2018 – come and stroll the streets of Albion.

Brewery Open House Spring 2018

Albion Malleable Brewing Co. was one of the businesses in the 400 block of S. Superior Street to open its doors for the open house on April 17, 2018.  Community members enjoyed getting a preview of the new developments coming to downtown Albion.


View of Albion Malleable Brewing Company on Superior Street Albion

Take a tour of Albion Malleable Brewing Company by clicking the image below.

Brewery Open House Spring 2018

Downtown Albion is continuing to change as this photo dated 2/27/18 showing three new projects shows.  This view of the 400 block of South Superior Street shows Albion Malleable Brewing Company building on the left.  The reconstruction on the building is still underway with the opening later in the spring.  At the end of the same block on the left is the Peabody Building which is also being renovated.  There will be a bakery next door.

Further down is Parks Drug Store, and the next block shows the new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel that will be opening in March.  We’ll post some photos of the inside soon.  There is a golden building in the next block which is Cascarelli’s of Albion, just under the water tower.  There is also some talk of the Albion Water Tower being repainted in the near future.  The new brick streets look good from this altitude, but have not held up well under the wet weather of this past winter.  There was an article written about the brick project in the Albion College student newspaper, The Pleiad that you can access here.

Broken Brick Road

Opening day is coming soon for the Albion Malleable Brewing company.  See them on Facebook by clicking here

Classic Matinees at the Bohm 2018

The Bohm Theatre in downtown Albion offers Classic Film Matinees at Classic prices on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.   Enjoy the movie for just $3, and add popcorn and a small drink for just $2 additional.  See the old movies and see your old friends.  Get out and enjoy Albion downtown with a classic matinee.

Classic Matinee Films for Saturdays in 2018 are:

APRIL – Audience Picks

Apr 13 – LUST FOR LIFE  (1956)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049456/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Apr 20 – CITIZEN KANE  (1941)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033467/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Apr 27 – CASABLANCA   (1942)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034583/?ref_=nv_sr_1


MAY – Celebrate Pure Michigan

May 5 –  ANATOMY OF A MURDER (Marquette, MI)  – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052561/?ref_=nv_sr_1
May 11 – SOMEWHERE IN TIME (1980).  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081534/?ref_=nv_sr_1
May- 18 – ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0180679/?ref_=nv_sr_1
May – 25 – OUT OF SIGHT (1998)       http://www.im.com/title/tt0120780/?ref_=nv_sr_1


JUNE – Summer Vacay’s

June 1 –  DIRTY DANCING   (1987)    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092890/?ref_=nv_sr_1
June 8 –  National Lampoon’s VACATION (1983)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085995/?ref_=nv_sr_2
June 15 – BACK TO THE FUTURE  (1985)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088763/?ref_=nv_sr_1
June 22 – MEATBALLS  (1979)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079540/?ref_=nv_sr_3
June 29 – AMERICAN GRAFFITI   (1973)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069704/?ref_=nv_sr_1


JULY –  Spotlight on Ron Howard

July 6 – PARENTHOOD (1989)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098067/?ref_=nv_sr_2
July 20 – Christmas in July – (Vincent’s)  HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (2000)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0170016/?ref_=nv_sr_3
July 27 – ?BEATLES: THE TOURING YEARS (2016)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2531318/?ref_=nv_sr_1


AUGUST –  Spotlight on Stephen Spielberg

Aug 10 – RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK  (1981)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082971/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Aug 17 – CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075860/?ref_=nv_sr_2
Aug 24 – THE COLOR PURPLE (1985)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088939/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Aug 31 –  JURASSIC PARK  (1993)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107290/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_24


SEPTEMBER – Audience Requests

Sept 7 – THE WIZARD OF OZ.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032138/?ref_=nv_sr_2
Sept 14 – NETWORK  (1977)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074958/?ref_=nv_sr_2


OCTOBER – Universal Monsters

Saturday, Oct. 6 – BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN  (1935)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0026138/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Saturday, Oct. 13 – DRACULA  (1931)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0021814/?ref_=nv_sr_6
Saturday, Oct. 20 – THE MUMMY  (1932)      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023245/?ref_=nv_sr_5
Saturday, Oct. 27 – CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON   (1954)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046876/?ref_=nv_sr_2


Wed. Oct. 31  – ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW     11:00 PM

NOVEMBER – French Film /Sister City Celebration

Fri/Sat 2 & 3
Fri/Sat 9 & 10


Fri/Sat 16 & 17
SISTER ACT II: BACK IN THE HABIT  (1993)    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108147/?ref_=nv_sr_1


DECEMBER – Holiday Classics  Sponsored by Vincent and Vreeland

Fri/Sat Nov 23 & 24 – National Lampoon CHRISTMAS VACATION   (1989)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097958/
Fri/Sat Nov 30 & Dec 1 – ELF  (2003)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0319343/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Fri/Sat Dec 7 & 8 – HOME ALONE   (1990)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099785/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Fri/Sat Dec 14 & 15 – IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE   (1946)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038650/?ref_=nv_sr_2
Fri/Sat Dec 21 & 22 – A CHRISTMAS STORY  or   WHITE CHRISTMAS   (1954)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047673/?ref_=nv_sr_2
Monday, Dec. 24 – WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954)  ??


Tickets $3.00 and $2.00 for small drink and small popcorn combo

This is not the official listing for the Bohm Theatre.

The Bohm Theatre in Albion offers first run movies in the evenings and classic film matinees on Friday mornings.

January 2017 offers a special series of Classic Film Matinees named “Politics as Usual.”

To see the official page of the Classic Film Matinees at the Bohm, visit this page:

Call the MOVIE HOTLINE: 517-343-2116

Visit the official Bohm Theatre website.

Classics at the Bohm Theatre Whether it’s a classic play by Shakespeare, a classic epic by Homer, a classic painting by Da Vinci, or a piece of music by Tchaikovsky, we appreciate classic works because they are the foundation of what it is to be civilized.

This is equally true of classic films.

  • The Wizard of Oz,
  • Gone With The Wind,
  • Casablanca,
  • West Side Story,
  • All About Eve,
  • Lawrence of Arabia,
  • True Grit,
  • 2001,
  • White Christmas
  • Jaws
  • the list is long and growing.

These works are the expressions of talented human beings and their personal experiences – and when such works reach an apex of artistry, they transcend time – they become “classic.”

A classic work is not old – it is timeless. Classic films are just as relevant today because any form of human expression that is excellent is relevant.

In the 100 plus years of motion pictures, some films have transcended their mere entertainment and have engaged tough social concerns, influenced society and have swayed public opinions. Movies can capture your imagination and educate you about issues you might not know much about. Cinema is a very powerful medium.

It can be entertaining, but it also has the power to create awareness and education among people about socio-economic issues, and contribute to changes in society.

The Classic Series at the Bohm is full of unforgettable experiences, memories and timeless stories to share:

• Over 150 classic films from the 1930’s through the 1980’s shown on the Big Screen (largest screen in Calhoun County). • Increased attendance by 43% and have welcomed patrons from Lansing, Battle Creek and the Jackson area.

• Keeping prices reduced to be affordable to all, including our senior population.

• Celebrating Black History, Women’s History and reflecting on our past to help us better understand our future.

Take the time to enjoy a classic movie at the beautiful historic Bohm Theatre. You will be communing and relaxing with your neighbors and some of the greatest artists of cinema, and you’ll be creating your own classic memories.

For more information, visit www.bohmtheatre.org or call 517-343-2116

Courtyard by Marriott, Albion opening date information

See a tour of the downtown Albion hotel here:

Courtyard by Marriott – Albion – Tour – April 2018

Thanks to the Courtyard by Marriott, Albion hotel for sponsoring General Guide XXIX.  People are curious as to the opening date.

Jan. 31, 2018  “At this time, we our looking to open towards the end of February. We can’t give a definite date at this time, but we can tell you that we are able to sell rooms for dates of March 9 and beyond.

You can make reservations by calling the reservations hotline, 1 (888) 236-2427, or by going to www.marriott.com/jxnab.”

Visit the CourtyardAlbion facebook page for more information!

Superior Street, Albion, January 2018

January, 2018.  This view from New Year’s Day of  downtown Albion features the new Courtyard by Marriott hotel that will be opening soon.  This design, by Maggie LaNoue, was created in commemoration of the 40 year anniversary of the Blizzard of 1978.  An iconic photograph of that blizzard, that was in the Albion Recorder that year, was the inspiration for a Christmas card design that was offered at the Storyteller Bookstore.



Forty years later, the same basic view in 2018 includes the new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, a renovated Bohm Theatre, and Kids ‘N’ Stuff, a Childrens’ Museum.

See more information about the Blizzard of ’78 including a color view of the old scene, and Wikipedia information about the magnitude of the storm.

Albion Food Hub & Farmers’ Market

The sponsor of the Local Food Edition – May and June, has been Albion Farmers’ Market and Albion Food Hub in recent years.

From the Albion Community Foundation website on this link:


“The Food Hub is designed to be a multi-purpose center with an emphasis on generating food-related businesses from the shared-use kitchen,” says Florence. “We’ll serve as an initial home base where small businesses can develop. Additionally, fresh local foods will be sold in the Fresh Food Market year- round, including produce, fruits, dairy, processed meat, honey, jam, vinegars, maple syrup, and hopefully, many other items.”

According to Peggy Sindt, the AEDC’s President, “Supporting food entrepreneurs is a natural extension of the Albion Economic Development Corporation’s long-standing business incubator, which has helped start several manufacturing businesses and supported a technology company. I am excited to think that our commercial kitchen will be the setting for producing great local food products for all of us to purchase and enjoy! Undertaking this initiative in partnership with the Albion Community Foundation and other local groups will be a win-win for Albion.”

“Another program component,” says Florence, “will be space for a ‘winter farmers’ market,’ or at least a fresh food exchange market during the cold months. We have garage space in the rear of the building which can be heated on market days so that buyers can have access to fresh, healthy, food directly from the farmer.” The market will be able to accept SNAP benefits, Project Fresh coupons, and Michigan Double-Up Food Bucks.”

Above, Chef Joe of the Albion Malleable Brewery has been busy testing recipes in the commercial kitchen of the Albion Food Hub.

Albion Farmers’ Market takes place on Saturdays year round.  In the warmer months, the market takes place at Stoffer Plaza.  In the cooler months, there is an indoor Farmers’ Market inside the Albion Food Hub.  Visit the Albion Farmers’ Market on Facebook by clicking here.

The Albion Food Hub and Albion Farmers’ Market sponsored the Local Food Edition General Guides in 2016 and 2017.